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    September 2, 2010
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two women were found dead there. a man who was married to one of them was arrested although at this point on charges he kept explosives in the home. >> that man is charles rittenhouse a chemical engineer. he was arrested at the property where the two women were found dead and tonight he is in jail. simon perez has more. reporter: this is the house where the two decomposing bodies were found one inside and one out back buried in a shallow grave. it appears charles rittenhouse may be the only survivor in this tale so police are trying to figure out what his role may have been and they also want to find out what he was doing with depleted uranium. reporter: this is charles rittenhouse apparently the last man alive in what appears to be a multicity multiday killing spree. this is the yard behind the
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house where one body is buried. you can see what investigators have left behind. strangely, these black pants cut down the seams seem to be spread out in the abandoned crime scene. we found these barrels with mostly japanese writing on them except for this clear english, toxic. atf officials have confirmed they discovered a bottle of depleted uranium in their search of rittenhouse's home. >> we are trying to figure out his involvement in the homicide. he is currently still at the solano county jail on charges of possession of explosive chemicals. >> unless he is in a science class, i can't imagine any real good reason why he would have it in his home especially if there is any quantity. >> reporter: depleted uranium is twice as heavy as lead and it's used in aircraft counterweights, medical radius shields and armor-penetrating ammunition. rittenhouse worked at goodrich in fairfield. the company there described him
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as a 16-year employee in good standing who worked on chemicals for equipment that helped pilots eject from jets. the company says it does not use uranium. the other body was found inside the home and what has investigators so disturbed is that when they showed up, the stench was over whelming. the flies swarming. >> when he was advised that they located the bodies in the residence, his reaction is not one what one would believe a normal person would react. >> reporter: in the driveway we found a car with rittenhouse's in the back. piles of books in the back about sex including parisian frolics, tale of a french gentleman who whiled away the days in many a parisian house of delight, lascivious scenes at the convent where mother an best oversees a flock of 25 pretty young ladies eager to experience the ways of the
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world. and the amorous adventures of a japanese gentleman, three fortunate young sailors on leave in japan are the guests of a virile and generous merchant. investigators say rittenhouse is talking to them although he won't say what's he is saying that's helpful in the investigation. rittenhouse will be in court tomorrow afternoon. >> thank you, simon perez. there is still frederick sales the missing man. sherry hu with that part of the story. >> reporter: 35-year-old frederick sales who was last seen a week ago today, while hercules police continue to follow leads trying to find him, friends and family are grieving for cindy tran. one of the workstations is empty today at devon salon. a client came by and she had tears in her eyes as she talked about her hairstylist, cindy tran. >> whenever you walked in there, she would call you by name and she would say, hi. there was never any bad thing
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about her. she always talked about her sons and... [ crying ] >> i just can't believe that somebody so evil could do something like what he did. >> reporter: tran's coworkers cried today, too. these two say efren valdemoro the man police call tran's boyfriend and killer was quiet, on occasion he would pick up tran or bring her lunch. >> just a normal person. i mean, just a normal person. we never thought of him capable of doing things like this. that's why we're kind of like shocked. very shocked. >> reporter: flowers were left at the salon today and also delivered to the hercules home where one of tran's sons lives. in a soft-spoken voice, he told us the family didn't have anything to say. his mother, police say, owned the home on crepe myrtle drive where 37-year-old ricardo sales was found bludgeoned to death. sales' body was discovered saturday less than a week after he and his missing son frederick had a fight with valdemoro. the elder sales worked as a
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bank security guard inside the vallejo safeway for more than a year. it's in the same mall as devon salon. >> cindy tran was working with investigators to some extent speaking about the case and about the surroundings of the case. so investigators had spoken with her since the discovery of the deceased on saturday. they had spoken with her regularly. >> reporter: now, investigators searched an area behind some office buildings where the missing cadillac escalade valdemoro had been driving was found. and police say that search turned up nothing important. now, allen, frederick sales worked at doctors medical center in san pablo and today, the staff put out a statement saying that they are working with the police and hope that he is found is safe. >> thank you. as police conduct autopsies on the two women found at the home in vallejo, charles rittenhouse who was married to one of those women will appear in court tomorrow. you can read all the details of
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this case on our website, cbs5.com. police now believe san jose's most recent murder was the result of a jealous argument. a 25-year-old has been charged with murder. he remains behind bars. the killing happened friday night. now, according to court documents, the man was arguing with his fiancee accusing her of cheating. and then at some point he shot and killed one of his fiancee's friends, 28-year-old jasmine costa of san jose. credit ford is going to be back in court next week. it was a grim search and rescue effort in redwood city today where a small plane plunged into a lagoon after take-off. the plane went into a dive and plummeted into the shallow water not far from the san carlos airport. len ramirez has the latest and now we know that no one survived. len. >> reporter: exactly right, allen. no one did survive. the wreckage was on the surface of the water for most of the afternoon but is now fully
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submerged. we have confirmation that one of the people killed was a denying rated world war ii pilot. bob borman was the president of borman steel of east palo alto. he flew many b17s bomber missions over germany. he was awarded the air medal with oak leaf clusters. he was one of three people killed when his twin engine plane crashed in the water shortly after take-off. reporter: fisherman and others who swam out to the plane were the first ones to reach the crash scene. >> i nosed often over. >> reporter: second earlier dozens of witnesses from nearby buildings watched the plane roll over and nosedive into the redwood shores lagoon. >> i heard the plane come around the corner coming a lot louder than most planes fly through the area. i looked up, it came around the corner. the wing tip was already pointing downward so the wings were already vertical to the ground and it nosed over and went straight nose into the water. >> reporter: the twin-engine beach 65 queen aircraft had
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just taken off from the san carlos aircraft reportedly en route to san martin. others say the plane sounded like it was having engine trouble. >> we heard a plane coming that sounded very low. we were over here at the restaurant and didn't sound right, like contactee clack and then a thump. >> reporter: the fire department says the rescue attempts were recovery efforts with one fatality and possibly two other passengers and/or pilot missing. >> two firefighters went into the water swam out to the plane looked inside and found the female victim of the crash. they were able to bring her back to the shore and determined that she was deceased. >> reporter: one other witness who saw the plane crash said it appeared the pilot deliberately steered into the water away from nearby buildings. >> it's absolutely horrible to watch. i mean, this guy aimed for the water. he knew he was going to hit a building. you could tell. >> reporter: recapping, renow know three people were killed in the plane crashes besides
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mr. bormmann's pilot, and that man's girlfriend. mr. borman and his pilot still in the plane wreckage under the water's surface. the ntsb is coming down from seattle and they want to see it before the bodies are removed from the wreckage because it would damage the plane fuselage down there in order to take them out so they are going to have to stay in the water until the ntsb clears the scene. >> that's tough on the families. thank you, len ramirez. firefighters have gotten a handle on a small grassfire in east san jose. those flames started actually about 3:00 this afternoon near mount pleasant and clayton roads. only three acres burned but at one point you can see here the fire threatened at least two homes. this comes as the bay area is dealing with another day of triple-digit temperatures in spots. roberta in the weather center and the longevity of this heat wave. >> allen, i was a little concerned about that fire across the san jose area as well because the winds there currently are out of the northwest at 14 miles per hour.
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the humidity is at 24%. and in san jose, it's 94 degrees. but you go east of the bay livermore now 101 degrees. it's 104 pleasanton. triple digits at fairfield through rio vista. 98 santa rosa. check out san francisco. meanwhile tomorrow will be the third consecutive day of a "spare the air" day. not all places will have that little brown tinge in the atmosphere. we'll pinpoint those that will, though, that's coming up later in the broadcast. >> thank you. for years, he filled up his convertible with gas. the controversy, this was on taxpayers' dime. the new development involving a bay area fire chief. customers complained smartmeters made their bills skyrocket. what an independent time now has to say about pg&e's new technology. and vying for your vote. the bay area school that's turning to facebook to help recover from a devastating fire. ,,,,,,
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[ male announcer ] at&t is making high speed internet affordable for only $14.95 a month with select services. customer complaints over an independent report finds those pg&e smartmeters that have prompted so many complaints to cbs 5 consumerwatch over the past month are highly accurate and they work properly. but that report released in san francisco today at a meeting of the public utilities commission also blasts the utility for
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poor customer service saying pg&e treated people who complained as though they were wrong. one thing the report did not address is the big concern for many, potential risks posed by electromagnetic and radiowaves from those meters. >> i believe it's incumbent upon you to discharge your duties under the public utilities code 451 to hold public hearings on the health effects of ems fs and rfrs. >> we don't pre tenth to be experts on frs. we pretend to rely on the experts that in the industry like dr. cleveland and others. and we would bring those available and make them available to our customers. >> and you can be sure we haven't heard the last of the issues. central valley state senator dean florez says he plans to call for legislative hearings on the smartmeter devices. other headlines around the bay area this evening, the san carlos city council is going to hold a special meeting to decide if it should disband the city's police department. services would be contracted out to the san mateo county
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sheriff's office. the move would save the city about $2 million a year. san carlos' police chief says the average citizen will hardly notice a difference. alameda's fire chief was put on paid administrative leave. he has been gassing up his personal vehicles on the tab for years. he said it was part of the pay deal he cut with the former city manager but no one at city hall found a record of the agreement. not including fuel, kapler's salary is nearly $200,000 a year. an east bay teacher has been arrested for possession of child pornography. a search warrant was served at the antioch home of 26-year-old alex birch. detectives confiscated several computers and storage devices they say contain thousands of images of child porn. he was taken into custody this morning at an elementary school in pittsburg. he is also a coach and a lifeguard for the swim team the pleasant hill dolphins. the foreclosure crisis
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making you sick? the health problems linked to our economic stress. starting off the school year with a second language. how one bay area school is helping kindergarteners return to their roots. well, all right. this is it. this is your getaway friday forecast plus got labor day holiday plans? i'll tell you if the coast will be clear. all that as eyewitness news continues right here on cbs 5. ,, people! look at you! texting...blogging... all this technology, but you're still banking like pilgrims! it's time for new school banking, bubbie. interest plus savings at capitalone.com. why earn bupkis, when your savings can earn three times the national average!!
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but what were the results? fact: brown promised to improve schools. but the drop out rate increased 50%, and the state had to take over the schools. fact: the city controller found employees paid for 22,000 hours... they never worked. fact: brown promised to cut crime. but murders doubled, making oakland the 4th most dangerous city in america. jerry brown. he just can't deliver the results california needs now. having an even bigger impact .. a new health study reveals losing a the mortgage meltdown left thousands would without a home. now it's having a bigger impact. a new study reveals losing ahome makes you sick. reporter: gilbert aguilar is making a last stand to stay in the house he is renting. [ chanting ] >> reporter: he has the backing of just cause, a housing rights
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group in oakland. aguilar says his housing problems started a few months ago when the foreclosed home was auctioned off. >> i find out from a letter from the bank. >> reporter: but now aguilar has a bigger problem. his health has been declining due to his living conditions. >> i've got stress. i had to go to the hospital last week to get tests on my physical being because of this issue. [ chanting ] >> reporter: he is not the only one. a recent survey of 400 residents in two oakland neighborhoods found that those going through foreclosure or have lost their homes were more likely to be living in unhealthy conditions and more likely to forego medical care. and it's not just home owners but renters like gilbert aguilar. >> foreclosures are bad for your health. foreclosures affect individuals, individuals' health status as well as broader community health status. >> reporter: the alameda county
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public health department says residents under foreclosure have twice as much stress as the average individual. >> we are particularly concerned about this issues because those are the same communities with the poorest health outcomes. and that translates to a difference in life expectancy on average 10 years. >> reporter: but robby clark from "just cause" says the survey is concrete evidence of the far reaching impact of foreclosures especially in poor communities like west and east oakland. >> for us as a health department, in order to build a healthy community, we have to start looking at policies in housing and economic development and really looking at what the health impact of those policies are. >> congress recently passed a law allowing tenants to stay in the homes for 90 days after foreclosure or through the term of their lease. in certain spots, you hope that home had air-conditioning because people's health, you know, i mean, that's a risk. i always think about that especially around the peninsula where today's high temperatures topped off in the mid-90s around redwood city.
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many of those people don't have air-conditioning. that's when you have to go shopping at the mall. nice free air-conditioning there. how about this? it's our live cbs 5 weather camera. this is what the evening commute looks like if you are traveling in and around the golden gate bridge. people heading out towards the north bay and heading in towards the city for a lovely evening. we have crystal clear skies and temperatures still in the mid- 70s. here's downtown san jose. a little bit of a tinge to the atmosphere where we did have a "spare the air" day in effect. tomorrow will be the third consecutive day of the "spare the air" day and also the fifth of the summer season. tonight mypix was sent in by sheryl stark from pleasanton. she reported 104 degrees there at 1:56:00 p.m. keep those photos coming to mypix at cbs5.com/connect. out and about this evening, it is still hot in our inland areas where the numbers are in the 90s. otherwise, 80s bayside. 70s at the coast. if you are heading out to football action, the 49ers playing host to the san diego
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chargers, lucky you, 71 degrees, mostly clear skies. diving into the mid-60s by the end of the game time. we still have clouds to the north, high pressure the key component. however, while it will remain hot inland, here it comes! pinpoint forecast, notice the low clouds, the patchy fog, trying to play tag with the tri-valley in the overnight hours. tomorrow morning sun-up at 6:44. we are going to steer it away from the bay will you the coast will have a shallow deck of low clouds and will retreat towards the open waters. another mild night across the bay area. 53 santa rosa to the low 60s in san jose, coup, campbell, willow glen, cupertino. otherwise upper 50s in concord up to a high there tomorrow of 93. out of the triple digits into the 90s inland. 70s 80s bayside, 60s 70s across the ocean. labor day, yes, cooler on the sunny side up and you can obviously see that by our five and even bonus seven-day forecast. >> oh. >> overcast along the coast.
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partial clearing there with clouds clearing outs of the bay. lots of sunshine seasonal temperatures by labor day inland. >> that's looking nice. a lot more comfortable for a day off. which we don't have. >> no. >> but that's okay. >> somebody has to tell you what your labor day forecast looks like. >> exactly. young students spe other language. next, the new program that has young students speaking another language. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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recover
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from a devastating arson fire. trace elemen a school in san jose could get a lot of money to help it recover from a fire. trace elementary school suffered millions in damage in juggle now competing for half million dollars from kohl's, the department store divvying up $10 million in grants to the 20 schools that get the most votes on facebook. now, as of this morning, trace was ranked number 32. but the deadline is tomorrow. got to hurry. all right. pretty much a given, younger you are the easier it is to learn a second language. jennifer mistrot shows us a new program in fremont that's getting kindergarteners speaking mandarin. [ mandarin ] reporter: this is the second day of miss wang's kindergarten class. the kids are jazzed. they are learning the world's most spoken language. it's the first year of the fremont school district's mandarin immersion program. >> in a nutshell, they are going to learn the culture. they are going to learn the
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language. and they are going to be educated in all the same standards. >> reporter: same course work any other california kindergartener gets except they will spend 90% of their classroom time counting, singing and speaking chinese. these mini language wizards are chosen by lottery and come from classes throughout the district. the goal is to create bilingual citizens. >> we're mexican and italian and just very mixed american family so as far as her knowing mandarin or knowing chinese culture i thought that was something else just to expose her two. >> reporter: most of the kids have at least one chinese parent but english is still the first language at home. families and teachers wanted some options. the school budget is tight. so fundraising by parents paid for books and other stuff the kids use to learn mandarin. [ mandarin ] >> reporter: the fun and laughter are free.
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the hope is that this group will move upgrade by grade together. the idea is that anyone can and should learn a second language. [ mandarin ] >> jennifer mistrot. >> reporter: jennifer mistrot. >> washeer cbs 5. [ foreign language ] [ foreign language ] ,,,, "know the species, know the stain." lanolin-free coat, i know it's an alpaca. walks in here, looks says "hey look, it's a llama!" cleaning the stain like he would a llama stain. time he's wasting. ♪ call 1-800-steemer
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[ female announcer ] we know jerry brown was mayor of oakland, but what were the results? fact: brown promised to improve schools. but the drop out rate increased 50%, and the state had to take over the schools. fact: the city controller found employees paid for 22,000 hours... they never worked. fact: brown promised to cut crime. but murders doubled, making oakland the 4th most dangerous city in america.
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jerry brown. he just can't deliver the results tonight, the thank you for watching us at 5:00. the cbs evening news is next. tonight they are reporting on a marin county man suing the sheriff's department after he says he was tased for no reason as you see it was all caught on camera. and the latest news and weather always on cbs5.com. and we'll be